Despite being a pro-business state, Georgia’s legal environment lags behind many states. Georgia should continue to focus on medical malpractice reform as the first step in moving us toward a more effective, efficient and fair legal system.

Georgia Has Opportunity to Set the Tone for Use of Drones

By Ross Coker

The popularity of consumer-grade multi-rotor or quadcopter devices, the unmanned aerial vehicles commonly referred to as “drones,” has skyrocketed over the last several years. While previously a niche product for aviation and remote controlled vehicle (“RC”) enthusiasts, the…

News Release: Foundation Welcomes Tom Price as HHS Secretary

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release February 10, 2017

Contact: Benita Dodd, Georgia Public Policy Foundation benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org | (404) 256-4050 

Foundation Welcomes Tom Price as HHS Secretary

Atlanta – Kelly McCutchen, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, had the following response to today’s Senate confirmation and swearing in of Tom Price as…

Justice Day 2017

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation participated in the annual Justice Day Initiative in Atlanta on February 2, 2017, at which hundreds of attendees from numerous organizations aligned around the common cause of criminal justice reform.

The event was inspiring in uniting…

American Legislative Exchange Council Highlights Georgia Pre-arrest Diversion Program

How do you prevent offenders from being handcuffed or arrested?

Georgia’s New Toll Lanes Help ‘Reverse’ Traffic Congestion

By Benita M. Dodd

On Saturday, January 28, the reversible express toll lanes on I-75 south of Atlanta opened. The lanes’ direction was northbound, as signs on I-75 South showed.

In a milestone event that occurred quietly on Saturday, January…

The Most Frightening Part of a Ghost Tour? The Licensing Requirements

By Ross Coker

If you or your family have ever taken a vacation to a locale rich in history and lore such as Charleston, S.C., or Savannah, you might have enjoyed the spooky entertainment of a ghost tour. In the event that…

Expand Retirement Options, Shrink Teacher Doldrums

Changing Georgia's teacher retirement plan could make the profession more attractive.

The Top Ten in 2016!

Foundation's most popular commentaries of 2016.

R.I.P. Ed Noble, Developer, Visionary, Founding Member of Foundation’s Board

Ed Noble, an Atlanta visionary and developer of Lenox Square, one of the nation’s first shopping centers, died on December 4, 2016 at age 88. Mr. Noble was a member of the founding board of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.…

The Status of Civil Asset Forfeiture State Laws and Other Criminal Justice Reform Measures

By Ross Coker

With the tumultuous results of the general election, one issue that should not be pushed to the back is the reform of civil asset forfeiture laws to curb abuse and perverse incentives that harm innocent victims and the reputation…

Lessons and Opportunities from The Election

It’s not always as good, or bad, as it seems. The same can be said of this year’s national election.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Publishes Foundation’s Op-ed on Atlanta TSPLOST

The Sunday edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (October 30, 2016) contained an op-ed by Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd on the November 8 transportation sales tax votes in Atlanta, “Atlanta shouldn’t railroad themselves into old solutions.” The op-ed can be…

Give Prisoners a Second Chance

By Gerard Robinson and Elizabeth English

On October 12, 29 prisoners and 45 Baltimore-area experts in criminal justice congregated in the Jessup Correctional Institution library. Most were members of the University of Baltimore community or other academics. All were eager to…

Lower the Hurdles to Economic Opportunity for Probationers

By Benita M. Dodd

BENITA DODD

Once, Georgia’s most alarming criminal justice statistic was that one resident in 13 was under correctional supervision – imprisoned, jailed, on parole or on probation. Today, thanks to an ongoing series of criminal justice…

Atlanta Police Force on Track to Get Body Cameras

Amid the nationally ongoing and sometimes emotionally charged discussion of police interactions and transparency, Atlanta is moving toward body cameras for law enforcement officers.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta City Council voted to spend nearly $6 million to purchase…

California Lawmakers Reach Consensus over Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill: A Model for Georgia Reform?

California State Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell and various law enforcement groups in California have reached an agreement regarding the fate of a bill introducing various reform measures to the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws, according to The Los Angeles Times…

Above All, Do No Digital Harm

Congressional action could have unintended negative consequences.

Atlanta Eyes Specific Reforms to Keep Low-Level Offenders Out of Jail

As reported in Creative Loafing, the city of Atlanta is considering new measures designed to keep people out of jail who might be better served with a targeted response to the reason for their offense.  This proposed measure is among…

‘Guide to the Issues’ Offers Georgia-focused Solutions

By Benita Dodd

BENITA DODD

The media hype surrounding the political parties’ national conventions spotlights the enormous discord created by personalities and politics as the presidential election approaches. Getting short shrift amid slogans and the scramble for dollars and votes…

AJC Quotes Kelly McCutchen on Georgia Spending

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of Thursday, June 30, 2016 quoted Georgia Public Policy Foundation President Kelly McCutchen extensively in a front-page article on Georgia’s state budget and spending. The article is reprinted in full below; access it online at the newspaper’s…